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tonight on "nightline," expedition of hope. 72 hours, 2500 needy people, lined up at dawn for urgently needed medical care, as volunteers scramble to supply over $2 million worth of health care. what happens when there is no end in sight to the demand. >> number one. he walked 15 miles to have his teeth and ears fixed. but doctors noticed there is something more. is he just in time for a saving grace? and we're in coal mining country in rural virginia, where jobs and money are scarce. it is just one of many parts of
>> this is a "nightline," off the map, expedition of hope. >> good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden, thank you for joining us. tonight, we're going to take you to an astonishing annual event in a remote part of rural virginia. for three days, people come from all around for a free clinic providing medical aid they couldn't otherwise afford. in an economy hit hard by lost job, many have to swallow their pride as they line up for basic care. they're men and women, young and old, as they travel, going it
alone. here is bob woodruff. >> reporter: it is 5:00 a.m., nearly 500 people have been lining up for hours in the fair grounds in southwest virginia. but they are not here for a summertime fair. what are you doing here? >> i'm coming to get my dentures. >> reporter: oh, you have to get new dentures. >> i have a lot of trouble with my lungs right now, trying to get a specialist. so this is my only option. >> reporter: this is remote area medical, a traveling health care clinic. and this is stanley brock. for the next three days, brock and a team of volunteers will turn this fair ground into a make shift hospital, providing medical care to more than 2500 people. >> people are showing up. >> reporter: and "nightline" was invited along to watch. >> it is always an amazing sight, isn't it? that here in america, at 5:00
a.m., with rain threatening, there is 1500 people out there. >> how are you doing? towards the front of the line, the horaney family is waiting, the early hours trying the twin's patience, this is the second year they have come. as a family, are you looking for dental and vision? >> they do, but what they have doesn't cover enough. we bring them here, once a year. >> reporter: brian and heather will get their teeth looked at. >> i have a couple of cavities that need to be filled. >> reporter: for their teenagers, their eyes. >> i have glasses. >> reporter: what is your ticket number? >> we're 101 to 110. >> reporter: the lowest numbers will get in first. those with the highest numbers could wait for days. oh, so you're one of the first in? >> yeah. >> reporter: good job. farther back in line, the ramos
family has spent the long night in a car. >> they're going to have their eyes checked out. >> reporter: how are your eyes? >> they're okay, i just want to make sure o-- when i lean down r put the book up, i have to lean right here. >> reporter: why is it that you're coming here instead of going to an eye doctor or -- >> well, right now, the economy is real tight, it is free, the last three years i passed it up. i guess i'm kind of proud. but this year i was compelled to go. >> reporter: what is your number? >> 1132. >> reporter: 1132. all right. probably going to be sometime later in the day you get the full care? they will have to wait a while. just before sunrise, the wise virginia clinic officially begins. within 30 minutes, the horaney family passes through the gate. do you have any idea what the process is?
>> yeah, we have to go through this triage here. >> reporter: their vital signs are checked. blood sugar and blood pressure. and then they line up to get their teeth worked on. the twin boys, jaden and hayden go to get dental x-rays. and then a cleaning. both twins get a clean bill of dental health. >> super! >> good job, boys. >> reporter: by early afternoon, jordan horaney is able to get in to see the eye doctor. a change in her prescription means a trip to the eye glass tent. >> okay. >> reporter: and successful search for a pair of frames. over in the optical lab, tom and judy dandridge oversee an
assembly line. helping people see clearly, sometimes for the first time in years. >> that is what keeps you going. you get frustrated, you get aggravated because you want to change it. and you can't change it. so you just do your best. and you know, thank god that he put you here to do what you do out here. >> reporter: you have got 40 or 50 million people in this category that don't have insurance. and can't get the care that they need or they can't afford it. >> reporter: teresa gardner was born here and still lives here. 14 years ago, she invited ram to have a clinic here, and sadly, it just keeps growing. there are people here that slept in their cars overnight? >> yes. >> reporter: that is pretty remarkable. >> we actually see them lining up days in advance for this event. it is incredible, the desperation that people have for
health care in this country. >> reporter: does that anger you? >> i don't know, i don't have much time to get angry about it. >> reporter: ram could not pull this out without the 400 volunteers who donate their time, expertise, and compassion. people like anna rollins, who has been coming here since she was eight. how did you start to become involved in it? >> i just started to help, and now i'm looking to go to hygiene school. >> reporter: so all of this has influenced your career? >> yes. >> reporter: and remember that gentleman hoping to get dentures after 24 hours of waiting? do you recognize yourself in that mirror? >> no. >> reporter: he has the volunteer dentist to thank. >> it is the only thing i can do, change somebody's life like that. it is great. it is rewarding, that is what brings me back every year. >> reporter: i even ran into a navy nurse who was working at
the bethesda naval hospital, when i was there discovering from sustained injuries from an ied in iraq. by the end of the first day, some 1200 patients have been seen. how was the day? >> it went really well. you know, they gave me all the love and encouragement of what i can do next for my specific problems. >> reporter: jordan has picked up her new glasses. her twin brothers have stopped fighting. how are your teeth? let me see them. ouch. let me see. they look pretty good, they look better than last time. >> we were not expecting it to be this way. all the volunteers, the help, stuff like that, so -- >> so we'll definitely be back every year. >> reporter: but even with all the volunteers, dental chairs and good intentions, as the day winds down, not everybody has
been seen. which means that the next day begins with people like the ramos family, coming back the second day. >> only thing we got done was standing in line, paperwork, and we got our bands. >> reporter: and hundreds of new people arrive, including one man who walks through the night to reach the clinic. >> i really need my teeth fixed. they're bad, and my hearing, i don't know which one is worse, my hearing or my teeth. >> reporter: when robert ellis goes through triage, something potentially more serious is uncovered. >> a little shortness of breath is involved. >> reporter: when we come back, we follow ellis to see the heart doctor as hundreds more continue to wait for treatment. it is day two at remote area medical.
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in an out of the way part of rural virginia, an annual event brings people far and wide for free medical care that they urgently need. it is a needed treatment. sadly, the need is growing every year. here is abc's bob woodruff. >> reporter: in virginia, it is a coal mining county. stan brock flew in where ram is based. ram has done just over 700
expeditions, as brock calls the clinics, since 1985. this idea came to him when he was injured on a cattle ranch in the amazon, 26 days on foot from the nearest doctor. to help others, he brought medical teams to other undeveloped countries like india, haiti. but what brock quickly learned was that there was desperation in the u.s., as well. especially in places where jobs have disappeared, and few doctors hang their shingles. >> it is their one-time opportunity to get the care they need. >> reporter: the wise clinic is one of the largest here in the u.s., serving some 2500 people. and on the second morning, hundreds again line up in the pre-dawn darkness, for a chance to see a doctor. >> and the first thing we'll do is bring in the people that waited here, some of them 24 hours or more. >> good morning, folks.
>> reporter: among the 100 streaming in, the ramos, who have waited 24 hours. >> all we did was stand in line, get paperwork done, and we got our bands. >> reporter: but suddenly this man has moved to the top of the line. robert ellis has walked through the night, to get here. >> i had a ride, i didn't have enough gas to get here, i told the old lady i would just walk. >> reporter: even though his son returned the day before from serving in afghanistan, ellis knew he had to come to wise. >> i really need my teeth fixed, they're really bad. and my hearing, i don't know which one is worse. >> reporter: but his visit to triage uncovers something else. >> he has -- do you have it right now? >> no, i don't have it right now. >> do you have shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting? >> yes. >> dental treatment will have to
wait, as he is taken to the hospital. the clinic offers specialty areas, including cardiology, dermatology, and even x-ray units. >> police people we see here never get teeth if we don't see them. >> reporter: about 80 dental chairs are up and running, eye stations, two optical labs, grinding 600 pairs of glasses a day. >> we carry about 10,000 lens here. >> reporter: manning it all are the volunteers, whose ranks have grown by one, as virginia senator tim cain slips into registration to do his part. by brock's estimation, cain is only one of a dozen or so politicians who have ever been to a ram event. >> people will drive here early to camp and wait and get care. and this is the most powerful nation on earth.
we can do so much better. >> reporter: by the afternoon, ellis is getting his eyes checked. >> i can read a. >> reporter: and pretty much everything else. >> they changed my blood pressure medicine. and i had my hearing changed. i'm going to need hearing aids, they put molds on both of my ears, thank god, i needed that. after i get done with this, i'll get my teeth pulled. i didn't think i would get this much done today, i really didn't. >> reporter: on sunday morning, the third and final day, the crowd is much smaller. >> it is a short day, and so we're bringing in really just an extra 100 people, in vision. and an extra 100 people in dental. and that should just about do it for the morning. >> reporter: the very last of the dental patients continue to be worked on. this equipment is packed up. and the heavens open. >> we don't need to be doing this in the world's richest country. i would rather be back in haiti, in india, and africa, and where
this organization began, in the amazon. than doing it here in the world's richest country. but i don't see this ending any time soon. >> reporter: the numbers from the weekend support the claim, some 1200 dental patients have been seen, 4,000 teeth pulled. 900 pairs of glasses provided. in total, over $2 million worth of health care provided. all free of charge. >> it doesn't matter where you go in the united states, you're going to find these huge numbers of people that either don't have access to care because there is an under-served area. or in most cases, they simply can't afford to go to the dentist. they can't afford to go to the eye doctor. and so they're going to be relying on the kind of services that we provide. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm bob woodruff, in wise, virginia. >> what a remarkable effort. our thanks to bob woodruff, for
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